This past weekend I saw a winecooler at Home Depot which looked interesting. It was priced at $499.00, holds I believe 32 bottles, but most importantly had double doors with 2 separate sections with independent temp. controls. There was no detailed product info on this at HD and the sales people had no clue. I wrote down the model info which I thought indicated the manufacturer as Everstar and the model as HPC3655, but couldnt find anything on it online or anything on Everstar for that matter. Does anyone have information about this unit or know where I can locate the manufacturer online ?

I would like at least 2 zones for red and whites, but am not prepared to pay "sub-zero prices." Until I saw this, I was siding towards a GE Monogram with one zone, which the sales rep. told me to set it for whites and take the red out to warm up before drinking. On this last point, anybody have experience with the GE Monogram units and can anyone tell me if it is detrimental to store Reds long term at White drinking temperatures? Thanks.
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I wouldn't spend $500 for a 32 bottle unit. Whites don't really need there own zone. You could get a very good small unit for $250 or less that has digital temp. control. Store the whites on the bottom - most are 10 degrees cooler at the bottom anyway and would be fine for whites.
The first clue that you shouldn't buy this brand is when you said that you couldn't find any online information about the brand or the product.

Like Hunter said, $500 for a 32 bottle cellar is slightly high. You can buy a Haier for cheaper than that and that is a highly known brand.

And this is the advice that many people gave to me before I bought mine: buy a bigger cellar since you will be filling up the 32 bottle one faster than you know it. I didn't want to believe them but that is what happened.

If you can afford it, buy a bigger cellar and save yourself the trouble of having to get another cellar a few months down the road.

P.S. Expect these coolers to suck as much electricity as your refridgerator.
Hello, I have just purchased this unit today. It holds 36 bottles. I also had seen it at home depot and have never heard of this brand before but i thought it was really neat because of the two separate compartments. My husband and I went to this discount store near the town were we live and they had it there for $322.00 so we purchased it, home depot had it on sale for $499.00. We installed it this afternoon and it works and looks great. I have recently started drinking wine more often so i thought i might as well get a wine cellar. I have always collected wines from various different places but i always stored the bottles in the refrigerator.hehe.
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Originally posted by TANIA:
Hello, I have just purchased this unit today. I also had seen it at home depot and have never heard of this brand before but i thought it was really neat because of the two separate compartments. My husband and I went to this discount store near the town were we live and they had it there for $322.00 so we purchased it, home depot had it on sale for $499.00. We installed it this afternoon and it works and looks great. I have recently started drinking wine more often so i thought i might as well get a wine cellar. I have always collected wines from various different places but i always stored the bottles in the refrigerator.hehe.


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Originally posted by TANIA:
Hello, I have just purchased this unit today. It holds 36 bottles. I also had seen it at home depot and have never heard of this brand before but i thought it was really neat because of the two separate compartments. My husband and I went to this discount store near the town were we live and they had it there for $322.00 so we purchased it, home depot had it on sale for $499.00. We installed it this afternoon and it works and looks great. I have recently started drinking wine more often so i thought i might as well get a wine cellar. I have always collected wines from various different places but i always stored the bottles in the refrigerator.hehe.



Thanks everybody. Tania, a couple of questons: (1) Where did you buy it for $322.00? (2) Did you have yours "Built-in" ? (3)How is the noise factor? (4)Does its Glass doors (which didnt appear to be tinted), have UV protection ? (5) What is the temperature setting range ? and is there a Company e-mail address, phone number and/or address on your packing materials that could lead me towards more information ?

Thanks again.
HELLO, I bought it for $322.oo at a discount store called B&B Discount, i didn't have it built in is freestanding, not noisy at all, the windows are not tinted, don't know about uv protection. temperature settings range from 46 to 64 degrees, the only phone number i could find in the manual is 888-588-6753. The place where i bought it from B&B Sales 706-370-4721.
Here is the link:

http://www.comfortchannel.com/prod.itml/icOid/4288

I also just bought this at Home Depot...the box must have been damaged, and they had it as a markdown..no box...not a single dent or scratch..instructions and keys...$349...which I negotiated down to $300 out the door. It's wasn't really what I had planned on, but I wanted a seperate cooler for red s and whites..so the old one holds the whites chilled, and this one holds the reds at about 62 (my preference, and it holds them rock solid). A great cooler for looks and features...and price in my case. It could have used tinted doors....but it's in a dark place anyway, but if you did have it near sun...I'd do something to block it. Been very happy with it so far.
Hello,
New to this board but wanted to say I own this cooler and have been quite pleased with it so far.

Extremely quite and holds the temps perfectly. I think it would be quite easy to add the same sun block film you put on homes and windows of cars to this unit. We are in Florida and mine is not in a place where it gets sunlight. But for anyone that is the film should work like a charm.It is pricey but is a very heavy unit with built in alarms to let you know if a failure has occured and the temp is rising or falling. I like that feature alot.
hi I AGREE i just bought this everstar 36 bottle wine cooler at home depot today also when I unpacked it I seen it was manufactured by the franklin corporation which is a very reputable company However I got a really great deal.... it was marked 499.00 but homedepot was putting them on clearance because they were selling the cheaper models and not the everstar model. i bought it for 249.00 and i looked at the same or very comparable model by franklin corp. for over 800.00
We purchased the Everstar at HD, but since it was installed in a row of kitchen cabinets it has been generating heat like crazy!

It's actually under a granite counter top next inbetween the end wall and another cabinet. The top of the granite above is HOT to the touch as is the cabinet next to it.

Can this be normal? There is at leat a 2-3" gap above it. Does anyone else have a similar problem, or is it just mine?
We're having a similar problem. The top and sides are pretty warm, and the unit never completely shuts off. After the unit has finished cooling both compartments, something remains running. We called Everstar and they said that it's the fan, but it should shut off eventually. We're thinking of returning it to Home Depot and replacing it for another one to see if our particular unit has a problem.

Has anyone else had this problem of the fan continuously running? We live at 6700 feet, and I'm wondering if the elevation may be a factor.
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Originally posted by By the Sea:
We purchased the Everstar at HD, but since it was installed in a row of kitchen cabinets it has been generating heat like crazy!...
Can this be normal? There is at leat a 2-3" gap above it. Does anyone else have a similar problem, or is it just mine?


I bought my Everstar back in Feb. and love it, though it does seem to run warm. I had it built-in with 0 (zero) gaps on the sides and about 1 1/2 inches on the top. It does have front (bottom) ventilation which one reason why I bought it. It rarely completely shuts off, but, because I love the look and style of it so much I put up with it. I'm thinking I'll eventually cut some vent holes inside the back of the cabinets that are next to it, see if that helps with the heat issues.
Confusedihave 2 of this things now.I both one from HD and i built it in w 1 inch aroun edges and 2 on top.The granit countertop was so hot that i almost considered that i won't use the range anymore Razz.However i called everstar and after about 2 weeks they sent a tech.The guy told me that he got the same problem with his but he changed some stuff inside and now is working.He called everstar and they decided that is expensive to fix it and instead they sent a new one this time a Franklin chef.They sent the wrong one with black doors so i called them and I got a new set of silver doors.Stll the damn thing is hot so i think that u can't builit in.Oh idid make ventilation holes in my cabinets so don't try this
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Originally posted by william McGavisk:
hi I AGREE i just bought this everstar 36 bottle wine cooler at home depot today also when I unpacked it I seen it was manufactured by the franklin corporation which is a very reputable company However I got a really great deal.... it was marked 499.00 but homedepot was putting them on clearance because they were selling the cheaper models and not the everstar model. i bought it for 249.00 and i looked at the same or very comparable model by franklin corp. for over 800.00


William,

My local HD store said that they would price match the $249.00 price if they had the following info:

1) Store location where you purchased the cooler
2) Store telephone #
3) Name of sales person (if you have)

Your help would be very much appreciated.

Thanks.
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Originally posted by william McGavisk:
hi I AGREE i just bought this everstar 36 bottle wine cooler at home depot today also when I unpacked it I seen it was manufactured by the franklin corporation which is a very reputable company However I got a really great deal.... it was marked 499.00 but homedepot was putting them on clearance because they were selling the cheaper models and not the everstar model. i bought it for 249.00 and i looked at the same or very comparable model by franklin corp. for over 800.00


William,

I would appreciate your help. My local HD store said that they would match the $249.00 price if they had the following concerning the store at which you purchased it for that price:

1) Location
2) Telephone number
3) Sales person's name

Thanks for your help.
My cooler has been in a loft that can get very hot, and it has held wine temps. rock solid. If I have the lights on for an extended period of time..it can get warm on top...but nothing like you guys are saying. I don't have it built in, it's just free standing. Been a great cooler for me. I just need another now!
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Originally posted by rjufer:
HELP ... I am not yet familiar with this forum.

How can I get the e-mail addresses of forum users so that I can send them e-mails directly?

Thanks.


You have to pass a test and learn the super secret hand shake before we can give you that info.
Siena, Have you sold your Everstar wine fridge yet? If not, I live in Florida and would be interested in it. Let me know. pennyk@tampabay.rr.com

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Originally posted by sienaslew:
I have this unit for sale right now with all my wines...if you live near or in Florida I am willing to sell at great price. I am not interested in shipping due to my health unless you make all the arrangements.

Has booklet ,keys ect and runs great.
Just checking to see if the cellar is still forsale. Could you please let me know ... thank you. carl@dibday.com

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Originally posted by Pen Ken:
Siena, Have you sold your Everstar wine fridge yet? If not, I live in Florida and would be interested in it. Let me know. pennyk@tampabay.rr.com

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Originally posted by sienaslew:
I have this unit for sale right now with all my wines...if you live near or in Florida I am willing to sell at great price. I am not interested in shipping due to my health unless you make all the arrangements.

Has booklet ,keys ect and runs great.
I am also having the same problem. I've installed mine under the counter with granite tops...my unit runs constantly, doesn't hold its temperature and sometimes an alarm sounds "high temperature". I've called Everstar and they are sending a tech over...however, I recently had a similar situation at my business. I installed a commercial everstar ice machine also purchased from home depot and after three service calls am sending it back for a refund. I suspect the same outcome for my wine cooler as I've since heard everstar products are great in an enironment where they are not constricted by counter tops/cabinets and are in a 75 degree ambient room temperature with plenty of air circulation. It apparently has to do with the way they place their compressor and they do not have any front ventilation...and judging by the responses on this site, it looks to be status quo that under the counter owners are having problems and free standing owners are happy with their purchase
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Originally posted by Karen2:
We're having a similar problem. The top and sides are pretty warm, and the unit never completely shuts off. After the unit has finished cooling both compartments, something remains running. We called Everstar and they said that it's the fan, but it should shut off eventually. We're thinking of returning it to Home Depot and replacing it for another one to see if our particular unit has a problem.

Has anyone else had this problem of the fan continuously running? We live at 6700 feet, and I'm wondering if the elevation may be a factor.
I just joined to reply to this thread.

I am redoing my kitchen and wanted to put in an under counter wine cellar. I saw the Everstar 36 at home depot and like the dual compartment feature so I bouoght it. Well we finally got the cabinets installed yesterday and I plugged in the cellar and set the "white" side to 50 and the "red" side to 60.

Let me tell you, this thing is whisper quiet. I can not even tell that it's running, even when I'm standing right in front of it. The only way I can tell the fan is running is to see the LED indicator on the front display.

Each side reached temperature in less than 2 hours. I placed the room temperature wine into the cellar and the temp climbed slightly (5 degrees) but was back down to temperature in less than 30 minutes.

I let it run overnight and this morning everything is point on perfect. The wine bottles are cold\cool to the touch. I'll probable open the 1st bottle tomorrow night.

As for the heat issue, the top does get hot but not too hot to touch but cools down quickly when the fan\compressor shuts off.

So far, HIGHLY recommended.
I want to first thank you all for the valuable info on the Everstar Wine Cooler.

I am interested in purchasing a Wine Cooler to retro-fit into my cabinetry and have concerns based on the feedback provided in this forum.

Question for FTBoomer Now that you have been using the Everstar for about a month, are you still happy with it and are you experiencing the same heat issues as mentioned in this forum?

Thanks!
Hey DanFan,

After a month I am still happy with it. Some observations:

Now that it's under cabinet it seems to run longer to keep temperature (50 for white and 60 for red)

Wider based bottles don't fit too well. I have 12 bottles of red and the large\mid-sized (non-standard) bottomed bottles need a rack all to themselves or (as I did) they need to be placed on the bottom "Display" rack.


All-in-all I'm still very happy with the unit and would still highly recommend it for the price.
Juliec, what was the outcome when the Tech came over? Did he resolve the problem? I am asking, because my unit has the same problem and in the same type of environment, i.e. granite countertops over unit; and I have already returned it once and I'm having the same problems with the second one. Don't know if it's worth calling Everstar; I'm thinking of returning it and buying something else.

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Originally posted by juliec:
I am also having the same problem. I've installed mine under the counter with granite tops...my unit runs constantly, doesn't hold its temperature and sometimes an alarm sounds "high temperature". I've called Everstar and they are sending a tech over...however, I recently had a similar situation at my business. I installed a commercial everstar ice machine also purchased from home depot and after three service calls am sending it back for a refund. I suspect the same outcome for my wine cooler as I've since heard everstar products are great in an enironment where they are not constricted by counter tops/cabinets and are in a 75 degree ambient room temperature with plenty of air circulation. It apparently has to do with the way they place their compressor and they do not have any front ventilation...and judging by the responses on this site, it looks to be status quo that under the counter owners are having problems and free standing owners are happy with their purchase
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Originally posted by Karen2:
We're having a similar problem. The top and sides are pretty warm, and the unit never completely shuts off. After the unit has finished cooling both compartments, something remains running. We called Everstar and they said that it's the fan, but it should shut off eventually. We're thinking of returning it to Home Depot and replacing it for another one to see if our particular unit has a problem.

Has anyone else had this problem of the fan continuously running? We live at 6700 feet, and I'm wondering if the elevation may be a factor.
I am new to this forum but i had to chime in on my Everstar 36 bottle cooler.

I am on my 2nd one. First one i had installed new out of box into my built in cabinet area, with a large space to each side and about 2" above. I got the cooler and it worked great for about 1 day, then the alarm for high temp went off.

I took it back to HD and got another. Same thing with this unit. Runs hot and set off the alarm today almost exactly the same amount of time as last unit.

I pulled the unit out now, and have a fan on the backside of it, to see how it effects temps. Previously, THe left side held temp at lowest setting but never turned fan off... The right side went down to 46 but then crept up to 60 tripping the alarm.

I want to see if this unit will run better outside of a cabinet, or at least see if i can run it with a small fan under the cabinet (similar to a computer fan).

If this doesn't solve the heat issue...i'm taking this unit back to HD and doing some research on a cooler that can actually freaking work as advertised "under cabinet".

This is frustrating. I had taken 2 Haiers back from Lowes, first one couldn't hold temp, and second one was damaged and sold as new. So i went to HD for last resort. Now i feeling totally exhausted of effort and manufacturers i can afford for a measly wine cooler that is not a rocket science machine....

RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!
Update!

The fan i placed in the cabinet (typical portable fan) ended up really doing the trick. It immediately dropped and stabilized the temps of the cooler! I figured the Everstar just needs more circulation around the back of the unit, and sides. As it comes from the factory it is woefully equipped with such a small fan.

What my plan to do is, buy two 6" whisper quiet box fans and wire it to the outlet and mount them so that they move air around the compressor and case of the cooler.

This reallyyyyyyy should not be necassary when one buys a 500.00 wine cooler though...but i have little choice for another unit that will fit right into the cabinet already there.
Anyone have experience with thr U Line Origins wine cellar?
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Originally posted by Bella Donna:
The first clue that you shouldn't buy this brand is when you said that you couldn't find any online information about the brand or the product.

Like Hunter said, $500 for a 32 bottle cellar is slightly high. You can buy a Haier for cheaper than that and that is a highly known brand.

And this is the advice that many people gave to me before I bought mine: buy a bigger cellar since you will be filling up the 32 bottle one faster than you know it. I didn't want to believe them but that is what happened.

If you can afford it, buy a bigger cellar and save yourself the trouble of having to get another cellar a few months down the road.

P.S. Expect these coolers to suck as much electricity as your refridgerator.
Heres the specs of the fan i bought.

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2...an&parentPage=search

Plugged into outlet and i located it so that it blows out over the top of the cooler out through the gap above it. Vents in the bottom draw cool air in and keeps the air circulating. THis is a cheap and quiet fan that has worked so far for the heat issue with the Everstar in built in cabinets. I also put accoustic foam treatment around the walls to cut down on any noise from the cooler or the fan, which was not much...but i like things really quiet.
Bought Everstar (Franklin Chef FC-FWC36) at HD December 2006. Installed under counter in new home. Kitchen cabinets were cut to accommodate the new wine cooler. Cooler has been constantly running hot and even the alarm went off. The cooler was shut down and a repairman called. When he arrived at the home, he could not find why the cooler ran hot and he called the manufacturer and was told that this built-in unit (which is advertised as such) should have a three inch clearing on all sides. This information was not written in any instructions that came with the cooler.

Would definitely have not bought this cooler as a built-in if the instructions stated that a 3" clearance was required. I don't consider a 3" clearance around an appliance as "built-in". This is misrepresentation, and what is one supposed to do after the cabinets have been sized to accept a supposedly built-in cooler?

I will try n8nod9it's suggestion and buy the fan and see if that will solve the heat issue although for a $500 unit, I should not have to do that. The manufacturer should have installed a bigger fan.

Today, I did go online to check on that cooler and now I see that they are stating the 3" clearance, which they did not do back in December 2006.

DEFINITELY NOT RECOMMENDED AS A BUILT-IN.

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